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Excuse Me? There’s No ‘Unsettled Science’ in the Contraception Challenges

Contraceptive coverage is essential and needs to be protected.

According to a recent piece by Reuters, the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases are going to tackle the “unsettled science” of contraception. But there is no “unsettled science” here, no “scientific dilemma” concerning when pregnancy begins beyond one created by anti-choice activists.

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Wisconsin Senate Committee Passes Anti-Choice License Plate Bill

Example of a "Choose Life" license plate, from Mississippi.

A bill that would allow Wisconsin residents to order anti-choice “Choose Life” license plates for their vehicles, with part of the fee from each plate going to an anti-choice organization in the state, was passed by a senate committee on Thursday.

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‘You Don’t Always Get To Be at the Table’: Virginia Democrat Champions ‘Conscience Law’

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)

A recently signed law to license genetic counselors in Virginia includes a sweeping “conscience” provision that is the direct result of a partnership between an anti-choice group and a prominent Democrat who just two years ago was held up nationally as a hero and champion for reproductive rights.

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New York Bill Would Outlaw Bosses From Discriminating Based on Employees’ Reproductive Health Decisions

The New York State Assembly chamber.

The “boss bill” is designed to close a loophole that could make room for employer discrimination; it would prohibit an employer from discriminating against an employee on the basis of the employee’s (or a dependent’s) reproductive health decisions, including a decision to use or access a particular drug, device, or medical service.

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Judge Rules Kansas Medical Board Wrongly Revoked Dr. Neuhaus’ Medical License

A state court ruled the evidence did not support claims Dr. Neuhaus provided inadequate medical care.

A state court ruled the evidence did not support claims Dr. Neuhaus provided inadequate medical care.

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For Too Many, Accessing Abortion Is Already an ‘Undue Burden’

The latest wave of clinic closures in Texas illustrates how absurd judging abortion restrictions under the "undue burden" test has become.

The latest wave of clinic closures in Texas illustrates how absurd judging abortion restrictions under the “undue burden” test has become.

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Legal Wrap: Protections for Pregnant Workers Advance in States, But Where’s Congress?

Slowly but surely pregnant workers are gaining more workplace protections, but Congress still needs to act.

Slowly but surely pregnant workers are gaining more workplace protections, but Congress still needs to act.

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Virginia Assembly Closes Without Passing Medicaid Expansion—Or a Budget

If a budget is not adopted by July 1, the government will shut down.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has called legislators back for a special session that will begin March 24. If a budget is not adopted by July 1, the state government will shut down.

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It’s Nearly Unanimous: Pregnant Workers Deserve Fair Treatment

In recent months, several cities and states have passed measures to strengthen protections for pregnant workers. But the way in which these laws passed—with overwhelming, bipartisan support—may be almost as notable as what they will do.

In recent months, several cities and states have passed measures to strengthen protections for pregnant workers. But the way in which these laws passed—with overwhelming, bipartisan support—may be almost as notable as what they will do.

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Businesses Must Improve Their Family Policies—For ‘Distressed Babies’ and All Workers

Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?

Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?

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